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Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

For absolutely everything "Freshwater Decor" head to Anchor Cottage. Located in Uptown Suttons Bay Michigan, Anchor Cottage carries Pine Cone Hill bedding, Dash & Albert rugs, Emma Bridgwater tabletop, Crabtree & Evelyn bubble bath. Gifts and antiques with a nautical flair. We do special orders and shipping all over the United States. E-mail us at shop@anchorcottage.net. Can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Two Days Before Sidewalk Sale Weekend!

So I am looking around the shop...

...deciding what pieces are going out to the sidewalk sale.

Anchor Cottage has a great selection of outdoor pillows, piled high, on top of an indoor/outdoor rug that should be out in the sale! I'm not going to take the display apart at this point. 

Thinking about what fabric swatches to take out to the sale table. I did put together a pile of pillow covers for 50% off. 

This cat and mouse get a lot of attention in the store! 

Will there be any pillows, on sale, this weekend? Maybe a few!

I just want to take this grouping home!

These smoking hot pillows just came in so they won't be on the sale table!

If you can guess what this pillow says I will put it under the tent...

....along with the crab!

These need a home with the smoking hot pillows and the sheep skin on a velvet L-shaped sofa! There I go, dreaming, again. 

A  basket of shower caps and essentials bags!

The Suttons Bay Sidewalk Sale is August 10th and 11th, Friday and Saturday. I will be out there from 10 until 5, both days.
Please come down and snag some deals!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What Caught My Eye This Week

Over Educated & Under Experienced
Over Educated & Under Experienced
I love the dark wood counter over top of the deep gray cabinets.  

Repurposed antique oak 3/4 size bed frame into a functional bench seat. Used the original railings for the side and made a storage bin under the bench seat. Would look great inside a home or on enclosed porch.
That this bench is made from a 3/4 size bed frame. 

Ми подумали, що вам обов'язково сподобаються ці піни
Using upholstery webbing to create sturdy handles.

Silver accents

Very nice application of gilding with silver. 

Botanical removable wallpaper Colors of nature wall mural
The mirrors and the wallpaper and the sink and the wainscoting!

i suwannee
I Suwannee

Sisal runner, white molding with blue and white papered walls. 
That someone took the time to make this bowl.

The Style Files: Phoebe Howard | La Dolce Vita
Phoebe Howard
Soft and serene bedroom.

The illogical Pattern on Pattern. when you're not quite sure how it works but know that it does.
Anna Spiro
From down under!

Yes! A lovely tea party in my greenhouse! Love this idea! ❤️
Building into the bank of the woods.

All great ideas to work into my designs. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Who Is This Mystic Gardener?

Who is this mystic gardener, the one who grows the ten foot Trumpet Lilies, year after year? 

The sower that sows the Jewel Weed in with the Hostas, under the shade of the Maple trees.  

The ferns follow his instructions to move here and over there,  filling in the empty spots.

A choir of floral display meandering down the slope of lawn.

The birds and the chipmunks plant the garden seeds together, from the sky and under the ground, they work side by side.  

At one time this was a ruly planting. Then the city Daisy invited his country Daisy, the Black Eyed Susan, for a visit.

"Come, meet your distant cousin the Rudbeckia!" 

The Delphiniums grow tall, with all the rain and humidity in the woods. The orange Lilies contrast against the blue stalks.

This is my view, when I step in the dog do. Not looking where I am walking, distracted by the beauty of the natural garden scene. 

It is a riot of colors, all spectrum of Cynthia's rainbow!

Good to come home from work, in the evening, and be greeted by such loveliness as this.

Thank you my silent sower. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Anchor Cottage In The Middle Of July!

The second order of Emma Bridgewater pottery came in this week. So, of course, I had to reset the table!

I have been bringing in the "vintage" crystal candlesticks and Waterford biscuit jars to use in the mix. Or, on the marble counter tops, filled with dog treats! 

The faux Geraniums are really smashing! The color is so rich against the color of the iron urns. Would make a nice display on the sideboard. 

Terra Firma pottery, out of New York, mixes with the Emma Bridgewater dishes and the "sir madame" crockery. 

Some days it amazes me how many different "lines" it takes to create a vignette. 

When I think of every piece, for resale in the store, is hand picked I just shake my head. What a lot of thought, plus impulse, goes into creating the whole look.  

I just keep layering it on! By the way, this acrylic glassware is the is the "bee's knees", it comes in wine, water, highball and rocks sizes, clear, green, pink, orange and yellow colors. 

Art is what makes home decor sing! 

The pillows just keep piling through. 

Ah, this bed says it all. Crisp, clean and comfortable. 

I have Money's folk art all over the shop. 

Ben Zaricor's billboard art.

Mary Blocksma's prints, worked in, around every corner. 

The sunset colors. 

Emma and Big Tomato from Stoke-On-Trent, England.

Before I know it, August will be knocking at my door, and the table will have to be set for Autumn and the bed changed into cozy comforters and sheets.

But, until then, enjoy the fabulous July weather we are having! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

If I Had A New Kitchen...

Important Baltimore, Maryland ...~♥~
Important Baltimore, Maryland
After living in the studio cottage for a week, it was great to be back in the Holler! Walking in felt like home. Made me think that I would like to redesign/redecorate the kitchen.

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Not this one. Too earthy for my taste. I can't see my antique indigo pottery on the counter tops! 

chesterfield och kista.
chesterfield och kista.
I have connected living space from my kitchen into the living room. The look needs to flow. Really like the refinished trunk in this sitting space. 

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The look needs to be compatible with blue and white crockery. 

European elegance. Best design details.
This is it! I want the feel of this kitchen with light colored beams and radiant floor heat under chunky tiles. My crockery and roosters on the island. 

I nearly fell off my chair when I first saw a glimpse of this Nantucket home designed by Markham Roberts!! Architectural Digest published a tour in its latest issue and I’m thrilled to see something… View Post

This can be the adjoining living area. Probably won't paint my logs, so I need to imagine this with walls the color of the trunk. Could paint the ceiling white, between the logs, to lighten up the room as a whole. Kitchen and living room have the same ceiling. 

Vintage Blue Majolica Butter Tub w/ Cow Lid "How the Cow Ate the Cabba
Nancy's Daily Dish

I think this covered butter dish will work in the new kitchen perfectly! 

So, in reality, I am working with several customers on various projects, one being a remodeled kitchen in a farm house and antique, family trunks in the attic for another client. Finding inspiration on pinterest  helps me find a visual that I can show my home owner where we can take this redo. 

On my way to the farmhouse appointment. Have a great start to your week and keep your toes in the lake! 


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